4. Feb. 2010, 13:37
In 1997, two years after his hit double album HIStory, the remix album was released, composed of five new tracks and remixes of most of the tracks from the previous album. It wasn't as successful as his previous studio albumsbut just enough to make it the biggest selling remix album to date. That's good enough, eh?l
Anywho, I first heard this back in late 2007, when I was just dweling in the life of MJ fandom. Morphine and Is It Scary was a constant repeat on my IMVU profile, which I was a part of, but that's a different story. BOTDF: History in the Mix is one of the only instances in which I even care about a remix album, a concept that I mostly discard. Michael definetly made sure this was a quality remix album, an idea he probably wasn't fond of at first, so here's my quick review of it:
Blood On The Dance Floor - The funky, new jack uptempo title track, this was released as a single, along with a sexy video full of salsa, maracas and red(lots of it). Mike sings about love, murder, and passion in such a clever way that it's hard to not appreciate it (and dance to it with no guilt whatsoever).
Morphine - This is a pretty drasctic direction for Michael, as it incorporates industrial rock and electronica, and to sheer brilliance. This is definetly of the standout tracks of the new material on this album, with Michael singing aggresively about prescription drug use, inspired by his own around the early 90s and reportedly went to rehab for. He also curses the most in any of his catalouge here, with lines such as "your dog's a bitch baby". The later bridge of the song takes an opposite turn into a classical style filled with despair, backed by a choir, and then back to normal. I love love love this track and as disturbing as it may seem nowadays, it doesn't my initial feelings about it.
Superfly Sister - At first, I wasn't really appreciative of this track but quickly I grew to love it. Another funk-infested track which is something only Michael does best, and also has a bit explicitness, as he informs us that pushin' it it and stickin' it out ain't what it's all about. LOL! XD But I love the sillyness in this song, which makes Superfly Sister another worthy addition.
*work in progress*